The Rotary Victor Art Show is over and dusted off and it was the best since 2010.
Art Show chairman John Mowling said it was an excellent result with the highest sales for 12 years with a total of 411 works of art sold for a gross sale value of $304,538.
“This will provide valuable funds for Rotary Victor Harbor to donate to the community,” John said.
“Attendance has been excellent with a steady number of visitors each day.”
Bruce Davey’s Springtime painting Daly Head won the Lewitzka Family People’s Choice Award, while best of the show was Victoria’s Greg Allen, for his painting ‘Colours of the Kimberley’.
Greg Allen exhibited at the Victor Harbor Art Show for several years and was thrilled to learn that his painting had been selected as the winning entry.
Greg has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost watercolor artists.
Judge Amanda Hyatt said Greg Allen’s Kimberley painting was a beautiful watercolor of a very difficult subject.
“The artist has used a multitude of clever washes and brushstrokes to capture the essence of the landscape’s crisp, hard rock showing this part of Australia in all its glory.
“The painting is a spontaneous yet masterfully executed work of art and fully deserving of the award,” Amanda said.
“I am very honored to have been asked to judge this very prestigious art exhibition which introduces you to many genres of art.
“Rotarians have once again presented an outstanding exhibit and hours of work have gone into preparing it, which is a colossal undertaking.
“The Victor Harbor Art Show is highly regarded in Australia, equal in quality and prestige to the Camberwell Rotary in Victoria. Both of these shows are considered Australia’s finest.
“When you look at the paintings shown here, you will naturally like what you like. But you may not be aware of the diversity of the work.”
The Best First Nations Artwork was awarded to Paulina Puruntatameri for her artwork “Minga (Body Scariffication Design)”. The price was $5,000.
Thomas Readett was the Aboriginal judge and said Paulina’s work showcased cultural strength.
“First Nations peoples have suffered so much since colonization,
“I would say one of the only things that couldn’t be taken or destroyed was our ability to create art,” Thomas said.
“Works like this tell a huge story and in particular this work is about scarification designs.
“By bringing this long-standing culture and brand to the fore, Paulina is educating and showing the public that our culture is still here, still thriving and surviving.
“His use of color and gestural movement created this beautiful and dynamic painting, this couple that his conceptual approach made for a really strong work. Congratulations!”
The sculpture prize was won by Annette Cramer’s “Enchanted Muse,” which won a $1,000 prize.
Annette’s sculpture is reminiscent of early Australian potters and sculptors like Merric Boyd.
The uncolored face and shoulders, contrasting with the clothes, fit well in creating a beautiful piece that anyone would love to have in their collection.
The Youth Awards went to Adelaide Decrevel (“Clipper Ship”) in the Over-13 and Under-18 category and Beatrice Decrevel (“Tree in Field”) in the Under-13 category.